Huggate / Wayrham / Thixendale
|Features||Very quiet route, contrasting countryside|
Pass through the village and note a footpath sign just past the last house (‘The Last Frontier’). You can take this path diagonally across the field, keeping the distant Glebe Farm straight ahead. If you are not too happy with the look of the bulls, you may choose to continue on the road a moment longer and turn left at the T-junction.
You will shortly meet the road and turn right. This road will take you to the Wayrham picnic site if you keep essentially straight on. This is a pleasant stroll along a very quiet road – just watch out for errant cyclists.
Just past the picnic site, there is a footpath sign which leads you up to the main road (A166). Take care here as the traffic tends to let off steam after reaching the top of Garrowby hill. Cross over and slightly to your right is a signed path down into the dale on the North Yorkshire side.
The rest of the way is a gentle amble along the dale bottom . You will cross a stile and then go through a gate before finally reaching the road at Fotherdale. The road leads to Thixendale, which is a short way to your right.
If you do this on a hot summer’s morning, there will be no more welcome sight than Thixendale and the thought of a well deserved pint!